Licuala palas

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Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
palas (PAHL-ahs)
Photo-Malaysian Biological Diversity
Scientific Classification
Genus: Licuala (lik-oo-AH-lah)
palas (PAHL-ahs)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary & clustering.
Leaf type: Costapalmate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Malasia. Collection: Peninsular Malaysia Terengganu, Setiu, Ulu
Photo-Malaysian Biological Diversity
Setiu F.R., Setiu River.


Solitary to clustering palas, short stemmed to about 0.5 tall. About 10 leaves to a crown. Petiole up to 240 cm long, frond diameter to 2 m across, 6 to 9 leaflets; mid-segment bifid, joints between the two halves up 40 cm. Infructescence to 2 m long; partial inflorescence mainly spicate, occasionally may branch to three in some individuals. Logged over lowland forest "This is a new species" "Leaf material taken for DNA extraction, by Christine D. Bacon, Colorada State University 20 May 2009". (


Tropical Moist Forest, Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

Note: Palas, is the Malaysian common name for palm

External Links


Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

Special thanks to Geoff Stein, (Palmbob) for his hundreds of photos.

Special thanks to, Dr. John Dransfield, Dr. Bill Baker & team, for their volumes of information and photos.

Glossary of Palm Terms; Based on the glossary in Dransfield, J., N.W. Uhl, C.B. Asmussen-Lange, W.J. Baker, M.M. Harley & C.E. Lewis. 2008. Genera Palmarum - Evolution and Classification of the Palms. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. All images copyright of the artists and photographers (see images for credits).

Many Special Thanks to Ed Vaile for his long hours of tireless editing and numerous contributions.

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